Ames Chamber of Commerce




  • Unemployment – workers impacted by COVID-19 closures can apply online for unemployment benefits.
    • Make sure you are selecting that you are receiving unemployment benefits due to the COVID-19 spread.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – This a program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 which provides unemployment insurance benefits to those individuals who have exhausted their state unemployment insurance entitlement.  It is funded by the federal government, not by state unemployment taxes paid by employers. 
    • Read additional program details here.
    • Two new unemployment benefit programs available to Iowans:

      • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), was created by the CARES Act and provides an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to individuals who have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits. 

      • State Extended Benefits (EB) have been triggered; unemployed workers who exhaust their allotted weeks of regular state unemployment and then the 13 weeks of federal PEUC benefits will now be eligible for State EB, which provides up to an additional 13 weeks of regular unemployment benefits while State EB is still triggered “On” in Iowa. Additional program details can be found HERE.

  • Immediate Job Openings - View more open positions at
  • Health Care Coverage Option - Iowans who have experienced change in employment status due to COVID-19 may be eligible to enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage through  A special enrollment period (SEP) is a period outside of open enrollment when a person can enroll in or switch ACA coverage.

  • Alliant Energy - Alliant Energy energy bill resources HERE

  • Iowa Housing Recovery Assistance - The Iowa Finance Authority has announced a program designed to assist Iowans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with rental and mortgage assistance.  Applicants must be at or below 80% of the county-wide median income for their household size and not be receiving the additional Federal unemployment benefits to qualify.  Additional program details can be found HERE.



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